Welcome from Producing Artistic Director Terri Kent

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We hope you are ready to Seize the Day and Light Up the Night at Porthouse this summer!

Dear Porthouse Friends, 

Thank you for making 2016 a record-breaking season!  We sold a record number of subscriptions, brought in a record number of patrons, and raised record-breaking donations, which allowed us to finish off Phase II of the Capital Campaign.  You made it happen and we are so grateful!

What’s next?  Well we plan to SEIZE THE DAY and LIGHT UP THE NIGHT with another record -breaking season and we have just the shows to make that happen!  What do Dolly Parton, Fats Waller, and Disney have in common?  The work of all three will be presented on the Porthouse stage next summer.

We will open with Dolly Parton’s, 9-5 THE MUSICAL, where three unlikely friends take control of their office and learn there is nothing they can't do, even in a man's world.   Based on the seminal 1980 hit movie, and set in the late 1970s, this hilarious story of friendship and revenge is outrageous, thought-provoking and even a little romantic.  Pushed to the boiling point, three female coworkers concoct a plan to get even with the sexist, egotistical, lying, hypocritical bigot they call their boss. In a hilarious turn of events, Violet, Judy and Doralee live out their wildest fantasy – giving their boss the boot! While Hart remains "otherwise engaged," the women give their workplace a dream makeover, seizing control of the company that had always kept them down. Hey, a girl can scheme, can't she?

We’ll keep the joint jumpin’ with AIN’T MISBEHAVIN,  a sassy, sultry musical celebration of legendary jazz great, Fats Waller.  Ain't Misbehavin' is winner of the 1978 Tony Award for Best Musical.  The inimitable Thomas "Fats" Waller rose to international fame during the Golden Age of the Cotton Club and that jumpin' new beat, swing music. Although not quite a biography, Ain't Misbehavin' evokes the delightful humor and infectious energy of this American original as a versatile cast struts, strums and sings the songs that he made famous in a career that ranged from uptown clubs to downtown Tin Pan Alley to Hollywood and concert stages in the U.S., Canada and Europe.  Ain't Misbehavin'  provides great insight into a vibrant time in American history and music.

We will conclude the 2017 season with the area premiere of Disney’s NEWSIES.  Adapted from the Disney film, New York City's newsboys seize the day when they strike against unfair working conditions. The Broadway production won Tony, Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Awards for Score and Choreography.  Set in New York City at the turn of the century, Newsies is the rousing tale of Jack Kelly, a charismatic newsboy and leader of a ragged band of teenaged ‘newsies,’ who dreams only of a better life far from the hardship of the streets. But when publishing titans Joseph Pulitzer and William Randolph Hearst raise distribution prices at the newsboys’ expense, Jack finds a cause to fight for and rallies newsies from across the city to strike for what’s right.   Newsies is inspired by the real-life ‘Newsboy Strike of 1899,’ when newsboy Kid Blink led a band of orphan and runaway newsies on a two-week-long action against Pulitzer, Hearst and other powerful newspaper publishers. Timely and fresh, the fictionalized adaptation of Newsies addresses age-old themes of social injustice, exploitative labor practices, and David-versus-Goliath struggles as the young learn to harness their power against a corrupt establishment. High-energy with non-stop thrills, the stage version introduces eight brand-new songs by the original team of Menken and Feldman while keeping many of the beloved songs from the film, including “Carrying the Banner,” “Seize the Day,” “King of New York” and “Santa Fe.”

Over the next 9 months we will continue our efforts to make capital improvements.  Next on our list is a new roof for the theatre, new picnic tables, pavilion tables and chairs, and a new parking lot!  We are hoping to have the roof replaced for the 2017 season and to have new tables and chairs waiting for you and your picnickers!  We hope to flesh out the plans for the parking lot, and break the project into manageable phases.  I can’t promise how much we will accomplish over the next 9 months but I can promise that your patronage, comfort, and entertainment remain our top priority! 

Be well and until we meet again . . . Seize the Day and Light Up the Night!

Terri Kent

Producing Artistic Director